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Doctors go on nationwide strike in protest against National Medical Commission Bill

More than 2.9 lakh doctors are observing a 12-hour nationwide strike (6 a.m. to 6 p.m.) today in protest against the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill.

It is called by called by the Indian Medical Association (IMA). According to doctors, who are observing the day as a ‘black day’, the Bill promotes ”crosspathy” (allowing those who have studied alternate medicine to practice allopathy), eases procedures for private medical colleges and will be dominated by the government.

The Bill, tabled in the Lok Sabha, is anti-people and anti-patient, says Roy Abraham Kallivayalil, secretary general of the World Psychiatric Association.